Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Perpetual Presence

I love this reflection from Steve Garnaas-Holmes

As you sit in prayer
and try to remain mindful of God,
failing because your thoughts wander,
remember this:
that God is perfectly mindful of you always,
attentive to your being and your doing,
never straying from your heart,
not missing a single breath,
or forgetting a single heartbeat.
God is never distracted, never forgets.
Without neglecting anything else in Creation,
for all of Creation is present in God,
God is fully present to you,
seeing not from afar but from within
your journeys, thoughts and feelings,
holding tenderly your sins and wounds,
delighting in your gifts and beauties,
fully aware of what you yourself
only dimly suspect deep within you.
God is in all that you see, and in your seeing,
in what you hear, and in your hearing,
in your wondering, in your sorrow, in your awe.
God is grateful for you, and delights in you.
God longs in you, grieves in you, exults in you.
God gives full, peaceful, loving attention to you
all your day and all through the night,
not controlling or manipulating,
just beholding, blessing, loving
and breathing life into you,
powerful, joyful, beautiful, infinite life,
granting you mindfulness,
and mindful always of you.

Steve is a United Methodist pastor in Massachusetts and has a blog called 
Unfolding Light


  1. Love this little bit of writing. I practice centering prayer, it is wonderful to hear this thought articulated so well.

  2. I love this line: God is fully present to you...
    I can't wrap my head around that.

  3. I love the way Steve reminds us of how God is with us, and how he sees us. God is fully present to us - he doesn't hide himself from us. So we can trust him totally. Awesome (in the true meaning of the word)!